West Country’s Jess Shines again
“[Jess] delivers each song with a fresh, bright voice perfectly suited to trademark subtle arrangements of her own original material.”
Her first two albums, Seesaw Dreams and Time Frame established her as one of the most promising singer-songwriters in Britain. Shine, Jess’s third album (September 2015), moves it all up a notch.On it she is joined by some of the best musicians in the West Country – Mike Cosgrave, Marcel Rose and Beth Porter included – for a collection of songs exploring themes of light, shade and survival. It’s a journey which producer and musical collaborator Reg Meuross describes as Jess’s “magical voice and exceptional and truly innovative songwriting talent.” Reg himself contributes to the album with vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer and harmonica; the result is a fine album indeed.
Some of the songs on Shine tell real life stories. The intriguing tale of Jazz pianist Billy Tipton is told on Billy Tipton’s Waltz; New Amsterdam paints a picture of the tragic life of silent movie star Olive Thomas – and Wind on the Downsadapts a haunting World War I poem and sets it to music with real sensitivity. Other tracks are intensely personal and deeply moving – and some genuinely uplifiting.
Jess delivers her songs with her unique and gorgeous voice, and ‘Shine’ also showcases her diverse talents as a musician on guitar, baritone uke, shruti box, bass, harmonium, dulcimer, cello, accordions, piano, trumpet and percussion. The whole reveals a maturity that belies her youth, while allowing her vulnerability to shine through.
Jess will be launching Shine at the Village Pump in Trowbridge on September 26th. You can also catch her at Westbury Arts & Music Festival and at Cecil Sharp House this October with Reg Meuross. For more information visit www.jessvincentsings.com
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